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Using and testing an IPS model in a secure forensic setting to support service users back into work and ultimately preventing readmission through enhanced support to recovery.
Overview of Innovation:
People with mental health problems often want to be working but don't know how to go about it or need support to make it happen. If they do want to work, then the most effective method of helping them to do so is Individual Placement and Support (IPS).
 
Occupational Psychology consultancy enables the development of capability to ensure placements and outcome data is maximised by optimising the skills assessment and cognitive processing assessments, match to job skill sets required or are dominant features. The preparation phases of developing service is also enhanced through advisory input from the occupational psychology to enhance the team development and skills base in delivering a finely tuned approach to individual skills and talents in the patient population.  The occupational psychology input, would advise on tools in liaison with occupational therapists, who are delivering the pre employment preparation and assessment in the IPS  and IPS+ services, currently.
 
Physiotherapists will screen for long term conditions and physical endurance and functional capability to perform the tasks necessary to working employed roles. Some service users may need conditioning and education in self management of chronic conditions such as COPD, back pain and poor exercise tolerance.
 
Other regions such a as Nottingham have been trialling IPS in secure services, and have published the methodology, however, is yet to report outcomes. Nationally outcomes run at between 28-56% success rate, for people without offending histories and the level of disability and acuity. This enhanced IPS model will give outputs which can be compared to the traditional IPS model from the Nottingham feasibility study located in secure services and ultimately lead to improved outcomes in the West Midlands.

BSMHFT works with other partners such as BITA pathways and APM in delivering this activity, so there are also learning and work pathways, for people who are not ready or able to experience IPS OR IPS+ owing to their level of disability or treatment resistance. Some people will have just too many risks to allow them into the IPS programme, however, it is important that there is something for everyone relative to supporting employment or working in any sense.
 
Additionally, the trust has funded part of this innovation by supporting a bid to strengthen the model by funding additional specialist OT input to liaise with employers and support work placements once people are into a work role.
Stage of Development:
Trial stage - Trial stage to prove that the idea actually works as intended
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HI Sue. i've just joined the team at WMAHSN  - would you like to talk about tnhis and where things have progressed to (or not) since this was uploaded? Elaine
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